Tuesday, December 29, 2009

It's A Parent (Or It's Apparent)

After spending some sweet time with our grand kids and being touched by their innocence and joyful spirits I wondered to myself -- why are they so settled?
I've come to the conclusion that a big part of it is that some of life's weightier questions have been explained to them as they have grown in understanding of the "whys behind the whats of life."
Like what is the meaning of life and why are we here? What is our purpose? And in the shadow of the deaths of family members -- what happens when we die?
Their mother and father took the time to soul seek and God seek in order to confidently lead these little ones into an understanding of their heavenly Father.
Life is such a balancing act. There are lots of times when they can (and will) loose their balance and fall.
Good parents teach sure footedness.
I've come to see that not teaching our kids about God's plan for their life is like putting them on a tightrope and saying, "I don't know where it is tied at either end ( why you were born and where you will go after you die) but good luck and have a nice life."
Life is so constant and demanding. It is easy to just put one foot in front of the other and walk through our days ignoring that nagging sense that there must be a purpose.
One of the books that has come recommend is "The Case for Christ" by Lee Strobel.
I can see the rewards of Rush and Ann's personal faith quests in their clear eyed settled children.
I'm comforted by the knowledge that when they fall they will be caught and put back on the rope whether I'm here or not.

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